French street artist JR poses in the courtyard of the Louvre Museum near the glass pyramid designed by architect Leoh Ming Pei, in Paris, Wednesday, March 27, 2019 as the Louvre Museum celebrates the 30th anniversary of its glass pyramid. JR project is a giant collage of the pyramid to bring it out of the ground by revealing the foundations of the Napoleon courtyard where it is erected. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Art installation marks Louvre pyramid's 30th birthday

March 29, 2019 - 1:37 pm

PARIS (AP) — A French street artist has created an optical illusion installation around the Louvre's glass pyramid entrance to mark its 30th birthday.

The collage work, made from strips of paper, gives the famed 21-meter-high (nearly 70-foot-high) structure added depth and the illusion of a dramatic mountain landscape.

The installation by street artist JR opened on Friday.

The pyramid, designed by Chinese-American architect I. M. Pei, was completed in 1989. The design drew widespread criticism at the time, but Parisians soon embraced it.

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